Help me get a service dog!

For: Tess Smith
Kitchener, ON, Canada
Organizer: Tess Smith
Help me get a service dog! (Tess Smith)
of $25,000 goal
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Raised by 2 donors

The Story

Greetings everyone and thank you for coming here to read my story and hopefully help me out!

I have been considering a service dog for many years now and recently tried applying to training centers that offered dogs that the fees were all or mostly covered.  I have been turned down due to my case being too complex for them to provide a trained dog for me and they wouldn't give me less than what I needed.  This is totally fair, but that leaves me with no other option but to raise funds to for a dog where the fees aren't covered.  A well trained dog for my needs can start at $25,000.00 and go up to $40,000.00 or more.  This is why I am hoping you, the public will help.  Such a fee is absolutely reasonable,  but beyond my means as I am on disability.  I am currently working on applying to a training center that feel they can help me, so I am taking the step to raise funds in the hope I am being proactive in my future!

For years I have known there where complicated things going on with me, but other than being diagnosed with a severe and slowly progressive form of Fibromyalgia, bad knees, crazy loose joints, no one could seem to determine exactly what was going on.  Over time my mobility got worse and now I am in a wheelchair part-time, while trying to stay as mobile as I can on crutch and cane, I am still pretty unstable most days.  Chronic general neuropathic & muscle pain, muscle spasms, chronic muscle tension, numbness and dizzy spells are common everyday things I deal with making applying for a service dog a valid reason to start with...

Recently my new family doctor came on board and started sending me to specialists and it was discovered that I have diabetes and also have diagnosable psychiatric issues such as cPTSD, BPD/EID, and severe anxiety that makes going out in public on my own a very stressful effort just to consider, let alone do.  Adding this component to my needs has made being accepted to centers that cover fees for the dogs harder, as many of them don't train these types of dogs. 

These conditions, both physical and psychological, have made huge, challenging impacts on my daily life and having a properly trained, multi-supportive service dog would make living daily life just that much less stressful and hopefully easier!   The more support I can gain from the public, the better my chance of affording the help I need to manage my day-to-day life, have the peace of mind of knowing I have that daily support and the ability to regain my sense of freedom.

Again, thank you for your time and willingness to consider helping me....

Tess Smith

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